How to Make a Milkmaid Costume

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The image of a country milkmaid sitting on a stool in a barn can easily be evoked by pulling together four or five simple items available in your closet or home to make this fun costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Dress from your closet
  • Apron
  • White socks
  • Mop cap
  • Shawl
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Metal pail
  • Three-legged stool
  • Optional sewing materials (white pillowcase, white sheet, needle and thread)

Establish the Basic Layer

The basic layer of your costume will be a dress you select from your closet. Choose a solid-colored, full-skirted dress with little or no fabric pattern to it. The longer the dress is, the more traditional the ensemble will appear. An ankle-length dress will evoke images of an 18th century milkmaid, while a thigh-length dress will add a flirty and cute dimension to the costume.

Choose an Apron

The milkmaid apron is a basic waist apron. If you already have a white apron, use it. If not, you can make one out of a spare white pillowcase. The rectangular shape of a pillowcase is a great base. All you need to do is sew on a waist band. Alternatively there are a number of simple patterns available.

Add Accessories

To add the finishing details to your milkmaid costume, add white knee-high socks, simple clogs or flats and a plain shawl. If you have time, make a mop cap from a piece of white fabric. If you have an extra white twin sheet, you can make the cap and have leftover material to cut a 55 to 70 inch square for a shawl.

Finish Up Details

One of the classic aspects of historical milk maid costumes is a hairstyle that involves braids. The most widely used style involves braiding the hair and pulling it on top of your head. French braids or Double Dutch patterns work well if you have long hair.

Add a metal pail and a small three-legged stool to this ensemble and everyone will visualize you sitting in a barn milking a cow.

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